Go from ZERO to PRO!
If you’re looking for employment, head to HAL!

To All International Students

There are no boundaries in the desire to learn.

There are 1,240 international students from 36 countries and regions studying at HAL (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya) *.

HAL has a variety of support systems so that international students can have a safe and enjoyable school life.

As a school, we actively support everything from residence and daily life in Japan to employment at a Japanese company and acquisition of your visa.

At HAL we will do all we can do to help those who have a desire to learn.

* The results of 3 HAL (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya) school as of the end of January 2021.

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Welcome to HAL

HAL opened in Osaka in 1984. Currently, it is one of the largest vocational schools in Japan, with a school building located 3 minutes on foot from each terminal station in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

It is a school accredited by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology "vocational practical specialized course" for practical education recognized by Japan. We have created a state-of-the-art learning environment by collaborating with world-leading companies such as Nintendo and Microsoft in various ways.

At HAL, about 8,700 students are studying majors in the fields of games, CG, animation, music, car design, WEB, IT and AI. Graduates are highly rated due to the practical skills and employment guidance obtained that reflect the needs of human resources in each industry.

Additionally, we have introduced an study abroad system at the Paris campus "CREAPOLE", creating an environment for nurturing creators who will become active around the world.






One-on-one guidance is provided by employment guidance instructors who understand the human resources needs of companies.

"If you’re looking for employment, head to HAL": this phrase has nothing to do with whether you’re Japanese or an international student.
For those who are looking to get a job, the employment guidance instructors will give thorough individual guidance from how to write a resume to interviews, production and presentation of your employment portfolio.
Thorough support for gaining qualifications and certification exam preparation, which are powerful weapons when applying for jobs.
Additionally, we provide full support for finding employment in Japan, such as preparation for finding a job as well as acquisition of your visa.

Impressive "contest achievements"
Many prizes won consecutively in contests in a wide range of fields.
It’s your turn next!

School direct case study By collaborating with companies and creators, we handle everything from planning to commercialization and help you acquire "authentic strength"!

"Special seminars” with direct guidance by professionals direct guidance from world-class creators and top runners in the industry.

International Student Support System

1. HAL is a "licensed school", “proper school", and an "certified school".
2. Upon graduation, students will receive a diploma and the title of "Advanced Diploma" / "Diploma".
3. There is a special course to help improve your Japanese proficiency.
4. There is an international student support system that helps students feel at ease in their academic life and daily life.
5. We provide a living environment where you can study with peace of mind.
6. We will take responsibility for supporting students in gaining qualifications and getting employment in Japan.

There are many other support systems available too!

Employment Achievements of HAL International Students

HAL is powerful for international students going into the industry.

Aiming / BANDAI NAMCO Studios / CAPCOM / CyberAgent / CyberConnect2 / DMM.com / DOCOMO Systems / GAME FREAK / GMO Internet / INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS / Klab / Konami Amusement / Konami Digital Entertainment / LINE / LIXIL / miHoYo / SEGA / SQUARE ENIX / SUNRISE / TOYOTA Motor East Japan / Yahoo JAPAN / Hero Mutual Entertainment / Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment / Toei ZUKUN LABORATORY / Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. / Japan's No. 1 Software / Hitachi (China) Co., Ltd. / Nintendo / Hakuhodo i-studio / NetEase Games and many others

※ Sample from the achievements of graduates of 3 HAL schools (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya)

Subjects / Courses

Subjects / Courses


Game Design / Game Planning / Game Production / CG Images / Graphic Design / Anime and Illustration / Music / Car Design / IT / WEB / AI

Departments and majors that cover the cutting-edge industries.
After graduation, the professional world you are aiming for awaits you.

Upon graduation, you will obtain the title of "advanced diploma" / "diploma". It will be easier for you to re-enter and get a job in Japan.

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Global Size Education Network

Global Size Education Network


HAL has prepared an environment where you can learn the latest techniques from around the world, not just in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Paris. Creators and engineers who play active roles worldwide are born at HAL.


3 minutes on foot from Shinjuku station (West Exit).
50 storeys above ground, Cocoon Tower general school building.

3 minutes on foot from Osaka station.
21 storeys above ground, 3 storeys below ground HAL Osaka general school building.

3 minutes on foot from Nagoya station.
36 floors above ground, Spiral Towers general school building.


HAL Overseas Office

HAL has five offices around the world, including its sister school in Paris. Each office supports global learning, from overseas research / training and support when studying abroad, to collaborations with companies and educational institutions overseas as well as admission consultation when enrolling directly from overseas.

  • France office (Paris campus CREAPOLE)
  • America office (New York)
  • Italy office (Milan)
  • Shanghai office
  • Taiwan office

Facilities / Equipment

The environment nurtures people!
Make the most of the best development and production environment approved by the PROs.

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Campus Life

Campus Life


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Voices of the International Students

Voices of the International Students


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  • What kind of subjects do you offer?

    ▼ Day Classes 4-year System
    ※ You will receive the title of "Advanced Diploma" as a graduation qualification which is the same graduation qualification as that of a Japanese 4-year university course.

    Faculty of Games
    Game 4-year Department

    Game Design Course
    Game Designer Major
    3D Character Designer Major
    Smartphone Game Designer Major

    Game Planning Course
    Game Planner Major
    Game Scenario Writer Major
    Game Director Major

    Game Production Course
    VR / 3D Game Programmer Major
    Online Game Programmer Major
    Smartphone Game Programmer Major

    Faculty of CG
    CG / Design / Animation 4-year Department

    CG Video Course
    3DCG Creator Major
    VFX Artist Major

    Graphic Design Course
    CG Designer Major
    Art Director Major

    Animation / Illustration Course
    Animator Major
    Illustrator Major

    Faculty of Music
    Music Department
    Sound Creator Major
    Sound Engineer Major
    Game Music Major

    Faculty of Car Design
    Car Design Department
    Car Designer Major
    Car Modeler Major
    Next Generation Mobility Development Major

    Faculty of IT
    Advanced Information Science Department

    Advanced Information Processing Course
    Advanced System Engineer Major
    IoT Network Major
    Cyber Security Major

    WEB Development Course
    WEB Designer Major
    WEB Development Engineer Major
    Smartphone Application Development Major

    AI System Development Course

    ▼ Day Classes 2-year System
    ※ You will receive the title of "Diploma" as a graduation qualification which is the same as that of a Japanese junior college.

    Faculty of Games
    Game Department
    Game Program Major
    Character Design Major

    Faculty of CG
    CG Department
    CG Design Major
    CG Animation Major

    Faculty of Music
    Music Department
    Computer Music Major
    PA / Recording Major

    Faculty of Information Technology
    Information Processing Department
    Information Processing Program Major
    Network Security Major

    WEB Department
    WEB Program Major
    WEB Design Major

    ▼ Day Classes 1-year System

    Faculty of National Qualifications
    National Qualification Department
    Basic Information Technology Major
    Applied Information Technology Engineer Major
    Database Specialist Major
    Network Specialist Major
    Embedded System Specialist Major
    Information Security Supporter Major

    Paris School Study Abroad Course

    ▼ Night Classes
    Game Department
    CG Imaging Department
    Graphic Design Department
    WEB design Department
    Network Department
    Information Processing Department

    ※ Student visa cannot be obtained by those attending Night Course. If you wish to enroll, please contact the Admissions Office.

  • What educational features does HAL have?

    We have made an industry-academic collaboration, which is ideal in specialized education, a reality. We thoroughly provide practical education so students can learn from the professionals by interacting with companies.

    We also train students in unique subjects such as "creativity development", "self-development”, and “thinking skills”. Maximize your creativity and train your communication skills needed in Japanese society.

  • What achievements do you have?

    Impressive contest results. Many consecutive prizes won in contests in a wide range of fields.

    Game creator's gateway "Japan Game Awards Amateur Category". HAL is a top school that has won the grand prize seven times, while many works are gathered from universities and vocational schools all across the country annually. In 2021, our school has set a new record in Japan for winning the contest for 15 consecutive years. It is a record that proves the impressive abilities of the students at HAL.

    In addition, we have an industry-academia collaboration project "Case Study" where we practically work on a series of processes from planning to production in response to requests from clients such as companies / organizations and creators. We have achieved results by interacting with and learning from actual professionals while making the most of the rich sensibilities of the students.

    ・Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd. Completed game app released to the general public.
    ・Proposing the next design of Nissan "GT-R".
    ・Yahoo Japan Corporation released an application that utilizes the Map Web API.
    ・Direct instruction by Takayuki Yanase of Shirogumi Co., Ltd., to produce HAL TVCF.
    And many others.

  • Can beginners study here too?

    Go from ZERO to PRO.

    Instructors who have experience in the industry will guide you from the basics. We also hold "special seminars" that welcome specialists from each industry as leaders.

    With corporate support, we have installed various kinds of game development machines such as Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox 360, and the latest equipment such as motion capture and full digital surround system. As creators, we have created an ideal environment. Since you study in the same environment as that of the pros, even if you are a complete beginner at the time of admission, you will acquire the abilities needed work by the time you graduate.

    ・Shigeru Miyamoto / Nintendo Co., Ltd./CEO Fellow / Works: Mario Series, The Legend of Zelda Series, Donkey Kong Series
    ・Nobuo Uematsu / Composer / Works: Final Fantasy Series
    ・Jakub Dvorsky / Game Creator / Works: Samorost, Machinarium

  • I'm worried if I can keep up with the classes

    Don't worry. Passing the school's admissions screening that places importance "motivation” and “sense of purpose” will help you to keep up with the classes. Since there is a complete homeroom system that continues even after enrolment, we will support each and every one of you closely. Please rest assured that we also offer individual supplementary classes.

    In addition, we have dedicated international student guidance staff members to provide guidance. Japanese students who have the same dream as you will also be there to assist. There is also a special course to help improve your Japanese proficiency, and an instructor who can teach the Japanese language school’s N1 (1st grade) level will give advice on preparing for the exam. We have created a learning environment where you can not only acquire Japanese language skills as well as specialized knowledge and skills, but also receive advice on daily life.

How to enrol

  • I would like some detailed school information.

    We will send you the latest information regarding HAL for free.
    Click here to request the school brochures.
    ※ Overseas dispatch is not available.


  • I want to know the enrolment requirements

    Students who meet all of the conditions in 1.2.3 below, assuming that the purpose of studying abroad is clear and that they have a strong desire to acquire knowledge and skills in their specialized fields.

    1. Those who have completed or are soon to complete the regular 12-year curriculum and will reach the age of 18 at the time of admission.
    ※ If the regular curriculum is less than 12 years, or if you are under the age of 18 at the time of admission, please contact the admissions counseling office.

    2. Students who meet one of the following conditions for Japanese proficiency.
    ・ Students who have studied for over 6 months at a Japanese language education institution specified by the Minister of Justice of Japan.
    ・ Students who have passed the N1 (1st grade) or N2 (2nd grade) in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).
    ・ Students who have obtained 200 points or more in the Japanese language subjects of the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) (total of reading comprehension, listening comprehension and listening comprehension excluding description).
    ・ Students who got 400 points or more in the BJT business Japanese proficiency test.
    ・ Students who have studied for over one year at elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, colleges of technology, junior colleges, universities, and graduate schools in Japan.
    ※ Please contact admissions counseling if you do not have Japanese proficiency above but can fully understand the content of the class and have a status of residence that allows you to stay in Japan without any problems from admission to graduation.

  • I would like to ask about how to enrol.

    ● If the applicant resides in Japan
    Please contact the admissions office or visit the school directly to obtain the "International Student Admission Guidelines".

    ● If the applicant resides in his / her own country
    There are two systems that allow admission by document screening * without coming to Japan to take the examination, and a system that asks a representative to apply for the application procedure. HAL will apply for status of residence on your behalf.

    1. Overseas special admission system
    This is a system that accepts and selects applications directly from overseas for those who have passed the N1 (1st grade) or N2 (2nd grade) in the "Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)"*.

    2. Admission system before arrival in Japan
    This is a system that allows you to take the examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU) outside Japan and submit it before you arrive in Japan, based on your grades and document screening *. The target audience is those who have obtained 200 points or more in Japanese subjects (total of reading comprehension, listening comprehension and listening comprehension excluding description).

    3. Representative system
    Please ask a representative living in Japan to act for you. We will contact the representative regarding the selection date.

    * If necessary, we may conduct a video call or an interview by telephone.

    Please contact us via phone or E-mail.
    Admission consultations available every day. (10: 00-20: 00, except Sundays and Japan public holidays, 12/26 - 1/5)

    HAL TOKYO : TEL. 03-3344-1010 E-mail: nyugaku.tokyo@hal.ac.jp
    HAL OSAKA : TEL. 06-6347-0001 E-mail: nyugaku.osaka@hal.ac.jp
    HAL NAGOYA : TEL. 052-551-1001 E-mail: nyugaku.nagoya@hal.ac.jp

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